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Forensic Biology

2nd Edition

By Richard Li

CRC Press

567 pages | 413 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781439889701
pub: 2015-03-11
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Over the last several years, new research and developments in analysis methods and practice have led to rapid advancements in forensic biology. Identifying critical points of knowledge and new methodological approaches in the field, Forensic Biology, Second Edition focuses on forensic serology and forensic DNA analysis. It provides students and professionals with a scientific grounding in biological evidence—both the techniques used to identify it and the methodology to analyze it.

This second edition:

  • Introduces the language of forensic biology, enabling students to become comfortable with usage and terminology
  • Provides clear explanations of the principles of forensic identification and analysis of biological evidence
  • Explains forensic serology and DNA techniques used in the field and the laboratory
  • Discusses the benefits and limitations that apply to various forensic biology techniques
  • Includes schematic illustrations to clarify concepts
  • Presents three new chapters created for this edition
  • Adds more than two hundred new color figures

Covering the full scope of forensic biology, the book uses an accessible, straightforward style designed to enhance students’ education and training so they are prepared, both in the laboratory and in the field.

Table of Contents

Biological Evidence

Crime Scene Investigation of Biological Evidence

Crime Scene Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Forensic Biology: A Subdiscipline of Forensic Science

Sources of Biological Evidence

Basic Techniques in Forensic Biology

Nucleic Acid Extraction

DNA Quantitation

Amplification by Polymerase Chain Reaction

DNA Electrophoresis

Detection Methods

Serology Concepts

Serology Techniques: Past, Current, and Future

Identification of Biological Evidence

Identification of Blood

Species Identification

Identification of Semen

Identification of Saliva

Identification of Vaginal Secretions and Menstrual Blood

Identification of Urine, Sweat, Fecal Matter, and Vomitus

Individualization of Biological Evidence

Blood Group Typing and Protein Profiling

Variable Number Tandem Repeat Profiling

Autosomal Short Tandem Repeat Profiling

Sex Chromosome Haplotyping and Gender Identification

Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Profiling

Mitochondrial DNA Profiling

Forensic Issues

Forensic DNA Databases: Tools for Crime Investigations

Evaluation of the Strength of Forensic DNA Profiling Results

Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology